What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all. When your mind is pure and clam enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no “I,” no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.
— Shunryu Suzuki
I sometimes teach the Reiki Meditations as if we’re a membrane and the breath, together with the light that comes with it, moves in and out as if through a swing door. And each time our membrane becomes more and more translucent.
The same holds true when we have to stand for any of the Reiki methods. One of my tips is to leave the knees a tiny bit loose, not to lock them back. This allows the physical body to be in a much more liquid or even energetic state.
We have a local reality and a nonlocal reality. Both are valid. We’re not one thing. We’re earth, but also water, fire and air. We’re even space (ether). The subtlest element. Where is space? In our mind.
Whenever we identify with the local reality of our life only or even somewhat, there’s a bogging down after a while, rigidity and stuckness. We have to include all we are, all the time.
Each reality has its gifts and insights, its trials and tribulations, valleys and peaks. Each has a worth and value. There’s a wisdom in taking in the whole of life.
Not only what you identify with or as.
Life by its nature and design is multidimensional. Humans are no different. In fact humans have perhaps the best equipment to truly appreciate a big, full reality that can swing!
The space of being has to be allowed. It already interpenetrates all your other experiences. There are windows to open even in the minutiae of life. Even when the particular moment is breaking your heart. There’s space.
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